Set 30 years after the paranormal phenomena from the first movies ended, Afterlife centers on a down-on-her-luck single mother (Coon) who arrives in a small town with her two children (Wolfhard and Grace) to move in to an abandoned farmhouse left to the family by her late father.
Last May, while speaking with IndieWire, Bill Murray confirmed his willingness to appear in Jason Reitman's forthcoming Ghostbusters, and it wasn't terribly surprising. However, he did allude to Venkman's friend, Egon Spengler, who was played by the late Harold Ramis in the original Ghostbusters films. "It's got lots of emotion in it", noted Murray.
It began to seem like we would never see Murray as Venkman again, though hope of it happening was restored in 2009 when he lent his voice to the character for Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
The interview took place on the set of the film a year ago, during which Bill discussed the dead weight of the proton packs (or, ghost-trapping weaponry) he was required to wear as part of his Ghostbusters costume.
Talking to Vanity Fair on the set of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Bill Murray gives a somber reminder that while a few Ghostbusters alumni are returning, there will always be a gaping void with the passing of Harold Ramis in 2014. He would also appear in a bit part for Paul Feig's 2016 reboot, albeit as a different character, making it clear he's at least open to appearing in more Ghostbusters movies. Paul Rudd (Avengers: Endgame) will be playing a teacher in the film, while Oliver Cooper and Bokeem Woodbine will also be featured. "It's got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting", Murray said. "That's the story that we're telling, that's the story they've written". He was there when the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man terrorized Manhattan back in 1984 and is happy to educate Phoebe, Trevor and their pal (played by Logan Kim) about the past life of the Ghostbusters.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will hit theaters on July 10.